The Staff of Camp Marafiki

The staff includes experts in the fields of sports medicine, physical therapy, massage therapy, and nutrition under the direction of Jon Woo, MD

Jon Woo, M.D.

Dr. Woo (BA, English, University of California, Berkeley; MD, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia; Family Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh), is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia. He is currently the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine with the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency in Albany, Georgia. Dr. Woo brings over 20 years of running experience to share, and although doctoring takes up most of his time these days, he still manages to win a race here and there when the Kenyans don’t show up.

Ben Fletcher

BEN FLETCHER was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM and began training with the Camp Marafiki athletes while still in high school. Ben received his BA in 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania where he competed for the Quakers in cross country and track. Combined with his interactions on an almost daily basis with the camp athletes, Ben is an avid researcher in proven training methods which allows him to help coach runners to succeed in their running endeavors. Ben’s aim is to help others achieve their goals by aiding them with the proper training principles and techniques in order to become happy, healthy and ultimately better runners. He still pursues competitive running full time while working and is currently in training to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

Marc Esposito

Marc Esposito competed in cross country and track for New Mexico State University. He has worked for over a decade as a massage therapist with advanced training in neuromuscular therapy and trigger point release. He is currently the clinical director at Therapy Solutions in Santa Fe and enjoys working with elite endurance athletes. Marc continues to be an avid runner.

Stefanie F. Tierney MS, RD, LD

Stefanie (BS Nutrition, University of Minnesota; MS Nutrition, University of Minnesota) is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer with expertise in sports nutrition and weight management. She is employed as a part-time nutrition instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, a nutritionist and personal trainer at Defined Fitness, and an independent contractor for the Child Treatment Center of Albuquerque. Stefanie is an avid runner and occasional triathlete. She has completed 20 marathons (PR 2:58) and was the first female finisher in the 2006 Duke City Marathon (New Mexico).

Stefan Andermann , ACSM H/FS, FMS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, USAC level 2

Owner of Real Performance, Personal training and coaching independent business.

Stefan has been professionally involved in the health and fitness world for over 16 years. He is a certified Health/Fitness Instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine, among may others. He has also spent 3 years in the rehabilitation field working in conjunction with some of Santa Fe’s best physical therapists. He designed and implemented the sports condition program for New Mexico Sports and Physical Therapy Fitness center. He oversaw the remodeling and design of the fitness facilities for the Reserve at Santa Fe Condominiums.

Mr. Andermann is a dedicated professional with a passion for fitness, physiology and human movement. He enjoys teaching and learning from his diverse pool of cliental. As the owner of RealPerformance, he brings a high level of dependability and professionalism, and talents for helping people understand their bodies by dispelling fad and utilizing science-based information.

In January of 2007 Stefan opened Real Performance Physiology Lab. He now has the ability to test physiological markers such as Vo2 and anaerobic threshold to determine fitness levels and athletic performance with precision.

Stefan is an avid cyclist. He has experience training for a variety of competitive events such as bodybuilding, duathlons, and running event covering distances from 60 meters to marathon.

The fall of 2011 saw Stefan return to school in pursuit of a degree in Sport Management and Biomechanics.

Work Experience:

*Santa Fe Community college, Fitness Center Attendant.

*Life Care, New Mexico Sports and Physical Therapy, Fitness Instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Sports Conditioning Coordinator.

*New Mexico School of Mathematics and Science, Physical Educator.

*Starting, owning and running RealPerformance for the last 10 years


Tristan Mannix

Tristan has been an excellent addition to Camp Marafiki,
A native of Crothersville, Indiana, Mannix had his most productive season in a USI uniform in 2007-08.

His performance helped the Eagles to their third straight GLVC title.

Mannix not only became one of USI’s top distance runners in 2007-08, but he established himself as one of the conference’s premier distance runners during the track season when he won the league title in the 3,000 meters and took home first-team All-GLVC honors during the indoor campaign.
During the indoor season, Mannix also posted his first NCAA II provisional qualifying time when he ran the 5,000 meters in 14 minutes, 45.19 seconds at the Indiana Relays. His performance in that race marked one of four individual titles for Mannix during the indoor season.
Mannix carried that success over to the outdoor season where he earned second-team All-GLVC honors after finishing second in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Outdoor Championships. He also posted an NCAA II provisional qualifying time in the 10,000 meters after narrowly missing a mark in the 5,000 meters earlier in the season.
“Everyone who knows Tristan knows that he is very confident in his abilities,” Hillyard said. “He promised when he came to USI that he would eventually become a frontrunner for our program. True to his word, Tristan won the 2008 GLVC indoor 3,000 meter title and cracked the school’s all-time top 10 list at 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, and 10,000 meters.
“He is a true example of what is possible when you hold tight to your dreams, believe in your abilities, and leave no stone unturned in your pursuit of excellence,” Hillyard continued. “He is an outstanding mentor for our teams as we continue to chase tradition.”
Mannix, who graduated from USI with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in criminal justice in 2007, is currently working on his master’s degree in public administration.

He currently trains in Santa fe New Mexico and races internationally, with a PR of 14:14 in the 5k and 29:29 in the 10k

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